Nov 27

The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

(5/5)

Picture 2Fiction
First Published in 2003
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Set in: Afghanistan, USA

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Over five years on the New York Times bestseller list, and published in 42 different languages.

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir’s father’s servant, is a Hazara, a member of the ethnically shunned minority. Their intwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave behind the memory of Hassan behind him.

The Kite Runner is a novel about friendships, betrayal, and the price of loyalty. It is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies. Written against a history that has not been told in fiction before, The Kite Runner describes the rich culture and beauty of a land in the process of being destroyed. But with the devastation, Khaled Hosseini also gives us hope: through the novel’s faith in the power of reading and storytelling, and in the possibilities he shows for redemption.

bunnyWhy I loved The Kite Runner:

Khaled Hosseini is my favourite writer. I was reading The Kite Runner while on holiday in Cambodia and I spent all the time I wasn’t at Angkor Watt reading! It has been a long time since I read it, but it has stayed in my memory as one of my favourite books. I will read it again soon and review it properly. But there’s no need to wait for that review, just read The Kite Runner.

Hosseini’s next book A Thousand Splendid Suns is equally riveting.

x Julie

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